Wiesbaden High School
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Wiesbaden High School is an American high school located in Wiesbaden, Germany, and is a part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, the 9th largest United States School System. Although located in Germany, the school follows a traditional U.S. curriculum and traditional U.S. school activities.
Wiesbaden High School was established in 1948 using a former German school building on Lahnstrasse. Before the school opened, American high school students in Wiesbaden attended high school in Frankfurt.
When opened in 1948, the school population was 56 students and nine faculty members. In 1949–50, the school was named General H.H. Arnold High School after Henry H. Arnold, General of the Army and General of the Air Force during and immediately after World War II. The Berlin Blockade (Berlin Airlift) which started in Wiesbaden  coincided with the opening of the school, with many of the students’ parents involved.
In January 1955, the school moved from Lahnstrasse to its present location on Texasstraße just outside the Wiesbaden city limits. Students from outlying communities lived in dormitories during the school week. Later, students from Rhein Main Air Base and the Darmstadt Military community were bussed to the school until the closure of these military facilities.
By the 1970s the school population was up to 1800 and, by 1995, Frankfurt American High School students were bussed to Wiesbaden when their school closed due to the military drawdown.
In 2006 the school was officially renamed Wiesbaden High School, although the historical name is still used. While originally an “Air Force” school, it now services Army dependents and others.
In 2019, the school is home to approximately 490 students. The student population is a mixture of American civilian, military, and international students. From the original building in 1955 until today, the campus has incorporated additional buildings to accommodate higher student and faculty populations: Wiesbaden High School is the first 21st century school in DoDEA- Europe. The new school was completed in the summer of 2017. The graduating class of 2018 was the first to graduate while in these new buildings.
Sports activities include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Air Rifle Team.
Other activities / programs include:
- Army JROTC
- Technology Club
- Art Club
Europeans Placement 2006-2007:
- Tennis Men's: Doubles 6th Place
Europeans Placement 2008–2009 [Division II]:
- Cross Country Guys: Champions
- Cross Country Girls: 2nd Place
- Football: 2nd Place
- Volleyball: 3rd Place
- Girls’ Basketball: 3rd Place
- AJROTC: European Champions
- Wrestling: Champions
- Softball: Fourth Place
- Girls’ Soccer: 3rd Place (Defeated Stuttgart High School)
- Guys’ Soccer: 3rd Place
Europeans 2009–2010 [Division I]:
- Football: First Place [Division I 2010-2011] [Division I 2013-2014]
Numerous distinguished alumni have been enrolled at the school, including:
- Col. John E. Blaha (American astronaut, Commander of Space Shuttle Discovery
- James Carroll (American author, scholar)
- Capt. Jacob Dixon, for whom a memorial scholarship was established (the largest scholarship awarded by the area Community Spouses' Club is given annually in his memory)
- Mayte Garcia (American dancer, formerly married to Prince)
- Hedwig Diane Orlowski, (US Army nurse, one of eight female soldiers killed in Vietnam)
- Priscilla Presley (American actor, formerly married to Elvis Presley)
- Kantathi Suphamongkhon (former Foreign Minister of Thailand)